Cranberry Isles: Valentine party gets encore

On Tuesday, warmer temperatures drew quite a few residents to coffee hour at the Islesford Library. Cindy Thomas, who shared chocolate cake, and her husband David Thomas were joined by Ashley Bryan, Anna Fernald, Dick Atlee, Sarah Corson, Karen Smallwood, Christine Sandberg, Ted Spurling, Jason Pickering, Paul Fernald, Tom Powell, Lewis Powell, Serena Spurling, Nicko Hadlock, Jeff Pease and Barbara Caldwell-Pease.

Accompanied by occasional strains of music from students practicing upstairs with Christina Spurling, those gathered enjoyed conversation on various subjects and were treated to Ashley Bryan’s stirring, impromptu quotation of Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice.”

In her weekly reading period with Cranberry Isles School students, librarian Cindy Thomas is sharing “There is a Tide” by Elspeth Bragdon, a book set in Islesford. Cindy reports that, during discussions, children are especially interested in Bragdon’s descriptions of Islesford buildings and landmarks.

Ted and Jeri Spurling are spending a few weeks on mission trips in the Dominican Republic. Ted, working with Medical Missions International, is serving as a translator for medical personnel in Nagua, in the country’s northeast region. Jeri will be spending the next two weeks in San Pedro De Macorís, in the southern region, working with mission groups and locals to complete construction projects aiding Haitian worker communities.

Students of Cranberry Isles School are looking forward to a ten-day break (counting weekends). School will not be in session Friday, Feb. 15, due to a professional development day. There will be no classes on Monday, Feb. 18 for President’s Day and Mid-winter break runs Feb. 19-23.

The Valentine/Pizza Party hosted by the Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid on Friday, Feb. 8 resulted in some beautiful holiday cards made by those attending, all pizza craving satisfied, lots of smiles, laughter and conversations. Thank you to all who helped make this annual community event possible.

Those coming out for the activity included: Darlene Sumner with her daughters Hallie, Kariah and Audrey, Bob Hudson and Laurie Dobson, Justin, Jess and Ezra Bunker, Blair Colby, Eileen Richards, Ingrid Gaither, Helen Bertles, Sharon Morrell with canine companion Cosmo and Heather Varnum.

The event was so much fun and produced so many delicious pizzas that most of the group gathered on Saturday evening to play board games, make more creative Valentine cards and finish off the pizza pies. Thank you again and we will see you next year for more Valentine fun.

A reminder that the 2019 Cranberry Isles Town Meeting will be held March 16 on Great Cranberry. Keep the date open so your voice can be heard. The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid will provide snacks, lots of coffee and the mid-day meal for those attending the event. Hope to see you all there.

Happy birthday wishes to Heather Varnum on Feb. 21, Gretel Green on Feb. 22, James Westphal on the 24th and Kyleigh Amber Hawes on Feb. 27. May all your birthday wishes come true. One anniversary wish for Phil and Karin Whitney as they celebrate years of wedded bliss on Feb. 21. All the best to you.

Best wishes to Denise McCormick, who will be celebrating her birthday on Feb. 16. Very happy first birthday, on Feb. 17, to River Daniel Gray, son of Erin and Aaron, great-grandson of Anna Fernald. On Feb. 19, it’s Dedi Whitaker’s turn to accept birthday congratulations.

“Three things can’t be hidden: coughing, poverty, and love.” -Yiddish proverb.

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items to us by 5 p.m. on Sunday. For Islesford, email Barbara Caldwell-Pease at [email protected] and for Great Cranberry, reach Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]

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